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Microsoft To Discontinue Windows 10 'Delta Updates'

Microsoft plans to end distribution of its monthly Windows 10 "delta updates" starting Feb. 12, 2019, the company announced this week.

Microsoft Replacing 'Premiere Assurance' Support with New Security Plan

Organizations using SQL Server 2008/R2 and Windows Server 2008/R2 products can add three years of patch support via Microsoft's new Extended Security Updates plans, the company announced Thursday.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Hits Next Release Milestone

Microsoft this week dubbed Windows 10 version 1803 (also known as the April 2018 Update and previously code-named "Redstone 4") as being in the semiannual channel (SAC) release stage, although what that means exactly is a matter of some conjecture.

Report: Microsoft Azure Holds Steady at No. 2, Except in Asia

In an increasingly globalized public cloud market, the runaway leaders remain Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure -- except in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, where newcomer Alibaba continues to disrupt.

Microsoft Readies Update to Teams and Skype for Business Portal

An update to Microsoft's management portal for Teams and Skype for Business will deliver new capabilities related to call analytics and IT management.

Microsoft Puts Dynamics 365 Updates on Semiannual Schedule

Starting this year, Microsoft will update its Dynamics 365 Online products on a twice-yearly basis, with major releases arriving every April and October.

Microsoft Giving Windows Server 2019 a 4PB Storage Boost

Windows Server 2019 will see significant improvements related to Storage Spaces Direct, according to a recent Microsoft announcement.

Windows 10 'Redstone 5' Test Build Missing Sets Feature

Microsoft last week released test build 17704 of Windows 10 "Redstone 5," but missing from the feature lineup was one of the company's most innovative contributions to productivity.

Office 365 Teams Gets Direct Routing Support

Organizations can now make phone calls from the Microsoft Teams client by way of the newly available Direct Routing phone service capability.

Azure IoT Edge Hits General Availability

After a one-year preview period, Azure IoT Edge is now available via the GitHub open source code repository, marking another milestone in Microsoft's commitment to the open source movement.

Microsoft Highlights Windows Server 2019 Support for Hybrid, Hyperconverged Scenarios

On Tuesday, Microsoft's online Windows Server Summit event indicated what's to come with Windows Server 2019.

Microsoft Aims To Make Multifactor the Default for Azure AD

A new feature preview represents the next step in Microsoft's plan to make multifactor authentication (MFA) the default verification option for its Azure Active Directory (AD) identity management service.

Microsoft Launches Service To Track Azure Traffic

Organizations can now use a newly released Microsoft service called "Traffic Analytics" to monitor network activity within their Azure environments.

Exchange Server Getting a Raft of Feature Updates

Microsoft's Exchange team recently announced several updates coming to the e-mail server, including support for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3) on Windows Server 2016.

Microsoft Issues Previews of New Windows Server 2019 Components

Microsoft this week released a new preview build of Windows Server 2019 alongside previews of related tooling, including a new predictive analytics service called System Insights.

Microsoft Acquires AI Startup Founded by Former Employees

Microsoft on Wednesday announced its acquisition of Berkeley, Calif.-based AI startup Bonsai for an undisclosed amount.

Orgs Running Hybrid Exchange To Get Policy Transfer Capability

Microsoft is readying a new Office 365 capability that will let organizations running hybrid Microsoft Exchange scenarios to transfer policies between Exchange Server and Exchange Online.

Windows Server 2008 SP2 Switching to Monthly Updates

Starting in September, users of Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will receive their updates via a monthly rollup patch release.

Microsoft's AI Deems Windows 10 April 2018 Update 'Fully Available'

Based on its telemetry findings, Microsoft now declares that the April 2018 release of Windows 10 (also known as version 1803 and previously code-named "Redstone 4") can advance to the "fully available" stage.

Microsoft Bringing Teams to Conference Room Hardware

Microsoft is priming Teams, its enterprise collaboration application, to run on different types of conference room touchscreen devices and phones.